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(あえて投稿)僕たちは曽野綾子以下なのでは

 
外電も打っていて、曽野綾子を批判すれば「僕たちはまともだもんね」と誇示できるかっこうのトピックとなっています。

Japan PM ex-adviser praises apartheid in embarrassment for Abe
BY ELAINE LIES AND TAKASHI UMEKAWA
TOKYO Fri Feb 13, 2015 3:11am EST

(Reuters) - A former adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has praised apartheid as a model for how Japan could expand immigration, prompting the government's top spokesman on Friday to emphasize that Japan's immigration policy was based on equality.

Author Ayako Sono, considered part of Abe's informal brain trust, set off a wave of online fury this week when she wrote in the conservative Sankei newspaper that South Africa's former policies of racial separation had been good for whites, Asians and Africans.

Her comments could complicate Abe's efforts to address a deepening labor shortage and his efforts to burnish the country's image abroad, analysts say.


ひねくれ者なのであえて書かせていただきます。

曽野綾子は自分勝手な理由かもしれませんが外国人労働者に門戸を開くように主張しました。でも外国人労働者に門戸を開くことにはまだ及び腰の日本人の方が多いのではないでしょうか。フランスの極右主義を僕たちは正論で批判しようとしますが、極右主義並みの排外主義は現在の日本そのものではないかと見ることは行き過ぎでしょうか。ここら辺の問題から目をそらして、頭のおかしいおばさんと曽野綾子を批判してもなんだかなという気がしてしまうのです。

シェリエブドで影が薄くなってしまいましたが、ミシェル・ウエルベックの小説Submissionもイスラム系の大統領がフランスに生まれるというショッキングに思える内容のようです。

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Cultural Chronicles JANUARY 26, 2015 ISSUE
The Next Thing
Michel Houellebecq’s Francophobic satire.
BY ADAM GOPNIK


The French writer Michel Houellebecq has become a literary “case” to be reprimanded as much as an author to be read, and his new novel, “Soumission,” or “Submission,” shows why. The book, which will be published in English by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, is shaped by a simple idea. In France in the very near future, the respectable republican parties fragment the vote in a multiparty election, and the two top vote-getters are Marine Le Pen, of the extreme right, and one Mohammed Ben Abbes, the fictive leader of a French Muslim Brotherhood. In the runoff, the French left backs the Muslim, preferring the devil it doesn’t know to the one it does. Ben Abbes’s government soon imposes a kind of relaxed Sharia law throughout France and—this is the book’s central joke and point—the French élite are cravenly eager to collaborate with the new regime, delighted not only to convert but to submit to a bracing and self-assured authoritarianism. Like the oversophisticated Hellenists in Cavafy’s poem, they have been secretly waiting for the barbarians all their lives.


昨年の秋にはフランスの自殺という復古主義的な内容の本も話題になっていることをこの記事で知りました。どうやらムスリムの移民を追い出せという過激な主張もあるそうです。

Like most satirists worth reading, Houellebecq is a conservative. “I show the disasters produced by the liberalization of values,” he has said. Satire depends on comparing the crazy place we’re going to with the implicitly sane place we left behind. That’s why satirists are often nostalgists, like Tom Wolfe, who longs for the wild and crazy American past, or Evelyn Waugh, with his ascendant American vulgarians and his idealized lost Catholic aristocracy. Houellebecq despises contemporary consumer society, and though he is not an enthusiast, merely a fatalist, about its possible Islamic replacement, he thinks that this is the apocalypse we’ve been asking for. What he truly hates is Enlightenment ideas and practices, and here his satire intersects with a fast-moving current of French reactionary thought, exemplified by “The Suicide of France,” a surprise best-seller by the television journalist Éric Zemmour

Zemmour’s is one of those polemical books, like span Alan Bloom’s Allan Bloom’s* “The Closing of the American Mind,” which carry everything before them, because they run right over every obstacle. For honest, thorough scrutiny of the opposition’s authors and actions, Zemmour makes Bloom look like John Stuart Mill: his argument depends on his never dealing with a specific instance. Everything flows by in a torrent of hysterical rhetoric. He hates feminism, but there is no extended treatment of feminist authors, or any attempt to discriminate between French feminism and the American kind; shrieking harpies dethroned the father, and now everything sucks. He hates ecologists, but there is no argument about why the world would be cleaner or pleasanter had environmentalism not happened. American universities, he says, have become playpens for empty legacies of the rich; there is no recognition that the historical trend has run in the opposite direction.


Yuta本人が積極的な移民受け入れ国に日本もなるべきだという主張するほどまでにはなっていないのですが、少子高齢化の人口減でゆっくりと衰退していくよりは新たな可能性を模索していいのではと思っています。

むしろ本丸の議論はこっちではないんじゃないでしょうか。
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